Beautifully stated: Inside the Cold, Calculating Libertarian Mind
“Government is the embodiment of rights violation – it cannot function otherwise. Taxation violates property rights, extending imagined rights to others violates liberty (the patient may be getting a “right”, but ask the doctor if he isn’t a slave), and any refusal to comply will ultimately lead to government violating the right to life.”
Still think voting for Barry or Mitt is smart?
I’ve become a regular listener of Joe Rogan’s podcast over the past month. The most recent episode featured comedian Bryan Callen and a good chunk was a discussion about fear and its relationship with success. For the uninitiated, Rogan’s podcast is not really a comedy show despite the host and most guests hailing from that world. It’s very long form, averaging two and a half to three hours and covers a myriad of topics. Callen brought up a book in the works by a psychologist friend of his who has counseled athletes and corporate execs and other folks in high intensity careers. [Sidenote: Callen is incredibly interesting.]
There was one anecdote Callen was relating that really stuck out for me. He asked the doc what is the most common hurdle faced by the CEOs and other high powered businessmen he’s had therapy with. He said they all are afraid of being discovered as frauds; that somehow they lucked into their position and are in over their heads.
That is fucking fascinating. Think about that for a minute.
With very, very few exceptions (and it’s not going to be the guys seeking professional counseling) none of these guys were handed the keys to a Fortune 500 company. God did not simply smile on them and they wound up there. It seems to me that they all possess a level of humility beyond what would be expected. Sheeeit, there are girls on Twitter that never finished high school with bigger egos.
Contrast that with the assholes in Congress and the last, oh I don’t know, 30 presidents. Every single one of those dicks thinks they have some right to be there. Obama is a glaringly obvious example of this mentality. For chrissakes he’d written two (2!!!) autobiographies before he even ran for President. And yet the chairman of Chevron’s board is worried he’s not qualified for his job.
This is the big reason why it’s not now and never will be about “just getting the right people in office.” I used to naïvely believe that. Then I finished the 11th grade and used my brain. The people who want to be in politics are never the people who should be in politics. You don’t willingly give a tyrant power; you do everything you can to keep them from obtaining it.
I’ve got more on this, stay tuned.
Props to Aaron McGruder and will.i.am
Direct from the New York Times last week:
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said [last] Tuesday.
Mr. Awlaki has been the focus of intense scrutiny since he was linked to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., in November, and then to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Dec. 25.
As a general principle, international law permits the use of lethal force against individuals and groups that pose an imminent threat to a country, and officials said that was the standard used in adding names to the list of targets. In addition, Congress approved the use of military force against Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. People on the target list are considered to be military enemies of the United States and therefore not subject to the ban on political assassination first approved by President Gerald R. Ford.
Most readers will be hearing about this for the first time because there has largely been a deafening silence in the news. But credit must be given where it is due. Keith Olbermann, usually an Obama loyalist, has harshly criticized the president for ordering the assassination without trial and has been the only relatively mainstream media personality to even breach the subject. Continue reading
President Obama’s “bipartisan health care summit” that was announced during an interview on the Super Bowl pre-game show will be held Thursday. “I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,” Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library.
Yesterday the President released his updated reform proposals and posted them to the White House website. The bullet points supposedly show that the proposal “puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.”
In reality, the proposal would put the federal government in control of health insurance (which is not at all the same as health care). It would make it a federal crime for people to not buy insurance, or for insurers to offer plans that did not meet expensive federal mandates (such as insuring “children” up to the age of 26.) The only families who would remain in control are those exempted from compulsory insurance because they can’t afford it. But I thought that was the reason why people are not insured today?
The new blueprint is almost exactly the same as the House and Senate health care bills that the public have opposed since July. It mostly just splits the difference between the two. This is fantastic news and for those who view politics as nothing more than farcical theater, another great source of amusement.
Saturday President Obama declared the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu, a national emergency. I’m willing to bet nobody heard that news. The declaring of a federal emergency, according to White House officials, was not because there has been a major increase in the number of H1N1 cases, even though the numbers have been increasing gradually. The move was to help health care facilities when they become inundated with cases of H1N1.
This will allow them the ability to make quick moves to contain H1N1 flu cases, including moving patients diagnosed with the virus to a designated area of their facility or moving them to another treatment facility, such as a nearby armory. Declaring a national emergency can also allow some of the restrictions placed on Medicare and Medicaid patients to be removed.
In late July, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and stopped counting individual cases. The rationale given for the CDC guidance to forego testing and tracking individual cases was: why waste resources testing for H1N1 flu when the government has already confirmed there’s an epidemic?
I’m no conspiracy theorist, but ask those close to me, I called out the swine flu as a swindle back in the spring when it first surfaced. Don’t get me wrong, some people have gotten sick from H1N1. But as mentioned above, hospitals aren’t even distinguishing between H1N1 and seasonal flu anymore. This isn’t the hell broken loose, run for your life virus that the government and news outlets would have you believe.
So just what is the purpose of declaring a national emergency?
Use this handy flowchart to find out!
it's just SO accurate!